The Snowy Day Board Book

The Snowy Day Board Book

by Ezra Jack Keats

Board Book(Board book)

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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snow Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The adventures of a little boy int eh city on a very snowy day.
“Keats’s sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child.”—Barnes & Noble
“Ezra Jack Keats’s classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was ‘the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero’—yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It’s as unique and special as a snowflake.”—

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670867332
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Edition description: Board book
Pages: 16
Sales rank: 361
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 5.81(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: Up to 2 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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The Snowy Day Board Book 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing better than reading a children's book about experiencing new things is for the child to experience them for his/herself. This book did it for me when I was a kid and then it did it for my kid, but the book brings this into light so everyone can remember the first time they saw, felt and played in snow for the very first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this wonderful book for a set of twin girls to be born soon. Instead I found myself mezmerized by the colors, characters and just to relax and be a child again myself. I decided to keep it and start a library collection for my future grandchildren.
lewhumiston More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I remember having read to me and also the first book that I eventually read on my own. The pictures are great and the message of fun and family is well presented.
psj More than 1 year ago
i love giving this as a gift too.
jmvarnad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not seen this book since I was little. When to found it I was very excited to read it. This little boy who lives in the city is have great fun playing the snow. This includes making everyone's favorite snow art, snow angels.
dawnfires on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about a little boy and the joy of waking up and finding that it snowed the night before. He finds himself in a hurry to get outside and play in the snow all day. He builded a snowman, made angels and tracks, and also had a snowball fight. At the end of the day when it was time to go in he didn't want to lose the snow, so he packed a snowball in his pocket and went inside. He soon finds out that his pocket of snow has melted, but when he wakes up again there is new snow to be found. Personal Reaction:I love this book, and I know I say that about them all, but I really do. I remember my mom reading me this book and she is a great book reader. I love to play in the snow and I could read this book in the summer and was ready to see snow in the winter. You can relate with this little boy about wanting to save the snow, and not wanting to leave it behind. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Helping the children talk about what to do when it snows. Many children don't have opportunities to know what to do when the snow comes. This book could give them great ideas about playing in the snow. 2. i would love to read this book to my students when we would be talking about seasons of the year. Its great to know that we look for snow in the winter.
ahauze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy wakes up to a day of adventure in the snow. Hoping to save some snow for the next day, he puts a snowball in his pocket, and is saddened when it has melted. His hopes are renewed when he awakens the next day to brand new snow for a new day of adventures.
Vanessa.B. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The book follows a young boy named Peter. It follows him on his snow adventure. Peter makes tracks with his feet, and then with a stick he found he makes a long track, and then uses the stick to poke a tree and then a big lump of snow falls on his head. He sees boys having a snow ball fight but he knows he¿s not old enough to join them, so he builds a snowman and makes snow angels. Peter later grabs a handful of snow puts it in his pocket to save for the next day but realizes his snowball melted and he becomes sad. The next morning he sees the new snow fall and is happy again. Personal Reaction: I liked this book growing up because it reminded me of playing in the snow. This book is great for showing how imagination is especially in children¿s lives. The pictures are great and are very detailed. Classroom Extension Ideas: 1)Have the class draw their most memorable snow day.2)Have the class write about a time when they weren¿t old enough to do something with older kids.
Rowboat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite from my childhood that I love sharing with my children.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is of a boy who is experiencing his first snow.
MCM73 More than 1 year ago
The book The Snowy Day is a wonderful book for small children, it is a wonderful story of a little boy who enjoys a day of adventure in the snow and he brings you along for his day.
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Chiquitita230 More than 1 year ago
This story was one of my favorites when I was growing up, and I now enjoy reading it with my infant daughter. The pages are easy for her to turn, and she cannot tear the pages out as she likes to do in regular books. Great addition to any child's library!
lillian13 More than 1 year ago
The board book version of this book has gone through my two daughters and they've both loved it. When they were both one year old this was their favorite must read bedtime book for awhile. I disagree with the 2+ age rating because once my daughters hit 2 or 3 they were not as interested in this book, because their attention shifted to more plat driven books and less books just about exploring. This book is perfect for a one year old because of all the colorful pictures. There is only a little text on each page, so the pages turn quickly for their short attention spans and the main character has the little red snow suit which is appealing. I have also bought this as a gift for a newborn.
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beasmom More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from when I was little so couldn't wait to share it with my little daughter the first time it snowed this season. It is a wonderful classic - should be on every toddler's - and young child's - bookshelf.
GrammaGraceDW More than 1 year ago
Well known children's book that keeps their attention although adults will think the colors are not vivid enough. Good size and durability for a small child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! My child loves this book!
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